Anna Salem has been with Youth Leadership Institute for over 3 years. Her background in youth development includes working as a Program Director with the Community Youth Center in Concord, CA, creating and managing their Academic Excellence (AE) Program, a tutoring program for students K-12th grade serving over 100 students a night across all socio-economic and cultural backgrounds in the Mt. Diablo area. Prior to joining YLI, Anna served as an Organizer and Policy Advocate at the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California (ACLU-NC). With an emphasis on education equity and LGBTQ+ student rights, much of her work has focused on engaging youth and their allies in creating systemic change in their schools and communities.
Anna runs two Club Live Chapters, one at Lagunitas Middle School and one at Venetia Valley aimed at improving the school culture for LGBTQ+ youth and families. Anna also helps support the Student Advocacy Councils in Novato Unified School District, specifically working with the Student Representatives on the School Board.